The Golden Eagle is a fairly rare sight in Western Washington, and is a very rare patient for us to have in care. Although we are occasionally contacted by members of the public who believe they have found an injured Golden Eagle, most turn out to be juvenile Bald Eagles.
The two species can be confusing to the untrained eye, especially when viewed individually, or at a distance. Placing the two side by side makes identifying them a bit easier. Below you can see a juvenile Bald Eagle on the left, and an adult Golden Eagle on the right. Note the slightly smaller beak on the Golden Eagle as well as the lighter, golden feathers on the back of the head and nape of the neck.
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February 7 started off as a good day for this Golden Eagle. She spent the morning feasting on an all-you-can-eat buffet of elk meat from a carcass she had found, and she was about to fly off to find a comfortable perch on which she could sit and digest her meal. Unfortunately, she never made it there.
As the eagle took flight, she passed over the same strip of pavement on which the elk had met his end. Possibly weighed down by a full stomach, the eagle nearly became roadkill herself—she was struck by a truck and instantly grounded. She was retrieved from the roadside by a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer who delivered her to PAWS the next day.
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We work with an impressively diverse array of wild animals here at PAWS. Since we began taking wildlife in 1981 we have received more than 260 different species, but a number alone does not paint a clear picture of this amazing variety of wild patients. With the goal of giving you a better understanding of the diversity of wildlife with which we work, I have compiled 23 photos of patients that were in care at PAWS in 2013.
As you look at the photos, I invite you to think about the knowledge that is needed to provide medical and rehabilitative care to each one. For each animal we receive we must know how to properly identify the species, how to recognize and treat injuries and illnesses, what kind of food they eat and how to deliver it, how to safely handle and house them, how to know when they are ready for release, and much, much more. And these 23 photos represent less than 10% of the total number of species with which we have worked!
Providing care for such a varied group of species can be a daunting prospect, but thanks to your support the PAWS Wildlife Center is up to the task!
1. Bald Eagle
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On November 9, a Northern Saw-whet Owl was having a very bad day. She was lying on the pavement in the middle of a Seattle street, and she was surrounded by crows that were not happy to see her in their territory. A passerby noticed her predicament and intervened, but not before the owl had lost a few feathers and suffered a minor injury to one eye.
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In the early summer, five different Black-tailed Deer fawns with five different stories arrived at PAWS. Two were found wandering near roads. One became stuck in a fence as she tried to flee approaching humans. One was attacked by a dog. One came with few details other than where he had been found. Despite their varied pasts, after being brought to PAWS these five fawns shared a common destiny—to one day return to the wild life they were born to live.
It took more than five months, but that day did come. On November 14, PAWS Staff and volunteers herded the now sub-adult deer one at a time down a chute and into their waiting transport boxes. Two hours later those boxes were lined up on a remote, forested site and the doors were opened. Two deer immediately made a break for it, while others were a little more timid.
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When she arrived in our care on August 8, Harbor Seal 13-2161 was a very sad looking girl. After spending three days alone on a Bainbridge Island beach, the pup was dehydrated, emaciated, and extremely weak. She appeared to be little more than skin and bones.
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Returning wild animals to their natural habitat is always a very moving experience, but in the case of young Raccoons it can also be quite humorous. They are curious, but very cautious, and they explore with all of their senses. They are especially focused on their tactile sense, and they use their sensitive forepaws to investigate everything within reach.
More than forty orphaned Raccoon kits were raised at PAWS this summer, and the majority of them were released over a one month period that began on September 12. A dozen kits in total were released that night at a large, wooded wetland complex in a King County Natural Area. The Raccoons wasted little time heading for a nearby stream to turn over rocks and look for tasty morsels.
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